This hotel is beautifully designed, comfortable and luxurious without being pretentiously posh. The things that stuck out for me: really comfy beds (actually comfier than home which is rare as we have a fab bed), bags already in the room when we checked in (we'd left our luggage in the hotel while we shopped), free DVD hire (current titles), 'real' i.e. pasturised milk for the tea and coffee making facilities, a teapot and mugs (rather than thimbles) and more than one teabag per person, lovely thick carpets. We did stay on an exceptionally cold night (-17) and the room was a little chilly but I think this was circumstance rather than the norm. There was only one minor niggle with the room which was that the iron and board we borrowed from reception were a bit crap and therefore not easy to use. We found the staff to be really helpful and the roof terrace was a nice touch (with plenty glasses available for you to use without having to ask). It felt like they were trying to create a feeling of you being at a home from home, with public spaces open all day so you could use them whenever you wanted.
The only thing that gave the stay a rather surreal edge was that we arrived back at the hotel at 1am and thought we'd have a drink on the roof before going to bed. It was a bit of a shock to find two guests having sex in the hot tub and sufficiently inebriated not to care that four people had just walked in on them. The staff dealt with this promptly (there is a HUGE CCTV camera just above the hot tub!). Needless to say, we weren't tempted to use the hot tub after that! It wouldn't put me off staying there again but I was thankful that it wasn't my mother who walked in on them!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only a stone's throw from Manchester's most exclusive shopping areas, restaurants and theatres, this original Victorian school house has been transformed into a chic townhouse hotel with unique, individually designed bedrooms and suites alongside stylish lounges and Oyster Bar.The Old School House also boasts stunning entertainment rooms and features Manchester only Eclectic Roof Terrace available for exclusive use for your own tailor made event.Being madly eclectic, all of our rooms have a personality of their own, giving the guest a unique experience every visit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Great John Street Manchester
- Hotel Great John Street